April 7, 2008

On the 6th of April strike…

Posted in English, Reflections, Revolutionary and Politician at 3:01 pm by Rou...

On a very personal analysis, I believe that yesterday’s strike has succeeded in way that can not be denied… the streets of Egypt were almost deserted for the first time in years during a week day… Universities and schools were almost empty… Many workplaces were almost half equipped with employees; same with most of the governmental workplaces (regardless of the statement that had been released by the Interior Ministry the day before)…

 

I know that some people out there will stand and scream out that even with all this nothing will happen…

 

Well… this is very true indeed… merely nothing will change; for the time being at least… Prices will remain the same, if not rising… and even higher security presence will probably occur…

 

But, still, I truly believe that this strike had succeeded… succeeded from the aspect of gathering people together upon one purpose… 80% of the people I know had stayed home yesterday, didn’t involve into any buying or selling process including the mobile phone usage… excuse me, but this is a success in itself…

 

Someone told me once that nothing will ever change in Egypt until the middle and upper middle classes move… in other words… US…

 

Remember… it’s “حتى يغيروا ما بأنفسهم” …

 

Let me tell you another thing… Public Movements do not happen every day; not even every few years… it takes years and years of silent anger for people to finally take a step and move…  

 

Let’s have a look back in our history…

The 1919 revolution was a public move… “حريق القاهرة” of January 1952 was a public move… “إنتفاضة الحرامية” of 1977, as Sadat called it, was a public move…

 

Note that I intentionally excluded the 1952 revolution and the revolt of the Central Security officers in 1986 because the first was achieved through the army, and the second was done by one of the police sections… both were not public movements…

 

Now, do the above dates make any sense to you…? Did you notice that almost 30 years separates each…? … It took the people 30 years to move… Did you notice in what year are we now…?

 

Change is coming… 

Call me optimistic, naive, or whatever you like… But, I still believe in tomorrow… and am still looking forward for a better place to live and raise my children in…

 

Ah… Yes… I went on strike yesterday… and I’m proud I did…

 

Rou…

 

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